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The best Polygon stories of 2021

And just like that, we’ll end 2021. That’s another thing, we’ll say, interesting years, and we hope we can give you a respite from … *gestures at everything* … in the series of stories and videos we’ve sent out into the world. Are from the deepest secrets of Lord of the Rings arrive the magic of playing games on an ancient television (and Everything in between), we’ve got you covered. Thanks, as always, for joining us on this wild journey we call Polygon. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2022!


Year of the Ring

An orc in The Lord of the Rings covered in a heart

Illustration: Petrana Radulovic / Polygon | Image source: New Line Cinema

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this longstanding cinematic classic, we’re exploring every aspect of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, from JRR Tolkien’s source material to the best scenes and moments, with the continued influence of The fellowship of the ring, Two towers, and The return of the King about modern popular culture. Read stories


Playing games on the old TV connects me to the present

via Jordan Starkweather

Classic CRT game screen illustration in various shapes, sizes and colors

Illustration: Jinhwa Jang for Polygon

CRTs may be large, but they offer something a flat-screen TV will never have. Read the story


Farewells, porn and bakas: Legends of the Barnes & Noble manga

via Ana Diaz

A young man is browsing through some manga in the manga section of Barnes and Noble

Photo: Ana Diaz / Polygon

What if we kissed in the Barnes & Noble manga? Read the story


The first 15 seconds guide of every game

via Patrick Gill

When you launch a video game, you’ll see a bunch of logos and stuff you might not recognize. Welcome to the exciting world of middleware! Watch video


D&D’s Drizzt books are built on stories about racism. RA Salvatore wants to change that

via Charlie Hall

Timeless a Forgotten Realms: Drizzt book cover by RA Salvatore

Image: Harper Voyager

“If the dead are portrayed as evil, it’s a troll that has to go…” Read the story


In the 80s, she was a pioneer in the field of video games. Today, no one can find her

by Patricia Hernandez

Illustration of a tragic woman on a green desktop looking at a question mark

Illustration: James Bareham / Polygon

The search for Ban Tran. Read the story


Netflix has trouble with its biracial characters

via Petrana Radulovic

georgia doing ginny's hair at Ginny & amp; Georgia

Image: Netflix

It continues to exclude parents of color from their coming-of-age stories. Read the story


Origin of Noob Saibot

via Michael McWhertor

Noob Saibot from Mortal Kombat X

Image: NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Kombat’s secret ninja is even a secret to the man he’s named after. Read the story


Shrek's character image is assembled from hundreds of Shrek's paintings

Graphics: Alyssa Nassner / Polygon | Image source: DreamWorks

A collection of thought stories about the elf himself, 20 years after his origin story. Read stories


My living room has three TVs and is a harbinger of human evolution

via Ryan Gilliam

Abstract illustration inspired by digital screens in lime green, sage and gray

Illustration: Inkee Wang for Polygon

What is the best type of TV to place in your living room based on wall size and availability? The answer is not one TV, but three. Read the story


A Little Oral History of Willy Wonka’s Raw Chocolate River Scene

via Matt Patches

Augustus Gloop fell into the chocolate river at Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Image: Warner Bros.

“That scene probably wasn’t approved by OSHA.” Read the story


It took me two years and 300 hours to defeat Sekiro

via James Bareham

collage of different scenes from the video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Illustration: James Bareham / Polygon | Image source: FromSoftware / Activision

I don’t consider myself a gamer. The first time when I informed some experienced gamer friends that I was going to play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, most of them suggested I stay away from it. I didn’t listen to them. Read the story


An investigation into the lack of kisses in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

via Joshua Rivera

The Avengers are surrounded ..... by kiss emoji

Composer: Joshua Rivera / Polygon

Do superheroes know there are many reasons to kiss? We should tell them. Read the story


Why Assassin’s Creed Unity Can’t Rebuild Notre Dame

via Simone de Rochefort

Our perception of historical accuracy needs a lot of retooling. Read the story


Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game: An History

via Matt Leone

Our Street Fighter history series continues with a look at when Capcom copied the clones. Read the story


Inside the Neopets . black market

via Nicole Carpenter

a yellow grundo in front of the keyboard

Image: Neopets / JumpStart

The ‘black market’ players want you to know that they are not petty thieves. Read the story


MiSTer 101: A classic gaming device to rule them all

via Christopher Grant

Illustration of game controller, cable and MiSTer FPGA console

Illustration: Justin Volz for Polygon

If you’re interested in playing the exact same games from your youth, exactly how you remember them, look no further. Read the story


Deathloop’s big twist is unexplored and underappreciated

via Maddy Myers

art showing the hero Deathloop running away from the vortex of time

Image: Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks via YouTube

The main characters of Deathloop, Julianna and Colt, spend the game exchanging bullets and sarcasm with each other. Their chemistry is my favorite part of the game – until DeathloopThe big ending and the dead man’s ending sent chills down my spine. Read the story


Sonic Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Crash: Oral History

Via Jack Yarwood

Sonic The Hedgehog - Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo: Andrew Toth / Getty Images for Sega of America

The infamous moment, as told by those present. Read the story


Activision Blizzard workers go out to call for CEO Bobby Kotick to resign

via Nicole Clark and Nicole Carpenter

Activision Blizzard employees have taken a step forward in a response from company management to a lawsuit highlighting allegations of harassment, inequality, and harassment.

Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images

Employees protested at Activision Blizzard offices and online. Read the story

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